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This chapter addresses the issue of the place of pragmatics within various linguistic frameworks. It starts with formal linguistic theories in the Chomskyan tradition, before moving on to functional theories. It is argued that in both cases, pragmatics is not really accounted for, and is deemed to fall outside the scope of linguistics per se. The reason pragmatics is not accounted for is that all these models rely on a code model of communication, whereas pragmatic theories presuppose an inferential model of communication.
This chapter introduces the context in which Grice presented his theory of implicatures, with special reference to speech act theory. It goes on to present Grice’s main contribution to pragmatics, detailing his principle of cooperation and presenting an overview of the different types of implicatures that he defined. Finally, the chapter presents a number of criticisms that have been levelled at his theory.
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